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Politics of Latin America

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C. Pérez-Armendáriz, L. Puck

Course Long Title

Politics of Latin America

Cross Listed Courses


This course considers how major political and economic actors, events, and ideas from the late nineteenth century to the beginning of the twenty-first contribute to strengthening or weakening democratic governance in South America today. Students consider mass politics and populism, regime breakdown and military rule, the twin challenges of democratic transitions and neoliberal economic reforms, and finally the post-transition challenges of persistent low quality of democracies and income inequality. Recommended background: HI/LL 181 and PLTC 122.

Modes of Inquiry

Historical and Social Inquiry [HS]

Writing Credit

No writing credit

Departmental Course Attributes - Major/Minor Requirements

(PLTC: Identities & Interests), (PLTC: Political Economy)

INDS Program Relationship

IDAM - AMST Program, IDLL - LALS Program

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Class Restriction

Exclude First Years